Taty had a three hour commute each day -- including six different busses-- to take her son to and from school and for her to get to and from work.

Taty had a three hour commute each day — including six different buses– just so she and her 7-year-old son to get to work and school.

Does it sound hard to believe that your old car could change someone’s life? This is Taty’s story — and just one example of the  that we see!

Taty is an asylee from Ethiopia

She has no family here. It’s just her and her 7-year-old son — they have been navigating life on their own in Northern Virginia for the past three years.

Taty was working part-time at a local school. Each day, in order to take her son to and from school and to get to work, she had to take six buses. She spent three hours each day waiting for and traveling on these buses.

“I had a phone interview [for a second job], but I can’t qualify because of my transportation.”

Not having a car was holding her back

With only one part-time income, Taty was struggling to keep her head above water. Eventually, she and her son were homeless.

It was at the local shelter, when her caseworker suggested that she apply for a car from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s Car Ministry.

Taty wrote in her application that she wanted to be able to look for a better job and offer a better life for her son.

“Right now, we get home around 8 p.m.,” she said. “He gets tired and sleeps on the bus every time and it breaks my heart.”

 Taty receives a donated car

This June, Taty received a car donated to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.

Asked what she would like to say to the person who donated the car, she began to cry.

“Thanks so much,” she said through tears.

When you donate your car to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, you get a tax donation, but you also get so much more: you get to change the life of someone in need just like Taty and her son. It doesn’t get any better than that!

For more information on how you can donate your car to someone in need, visit our website or email cars@ccda.net. Or you can support Catholic Charities with a monetary donation or the gift of your time by becoming a volunteer.

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